Ultimate Fantasy World Juniors Mock Draft Shows Depth of Talent, Potential Strategies

Updated: Dec 4, 2021

A dynasty league for the World Juniors is a novel concept. It’s never been done before and certainly never on the level envisioned by Ultimate Franchise Fantasy Sports.

With the UFWJ Franchise Auction upon us this weekend — starting Saturday at noon ET and ending Sunday at 8 p.m. ET — this revolutionary league is on the verge of becoming a reality for the 2022 tournament that begins on Boxing Day (Dec. 26, 2021), mirroring the IIHF World Junior Championship with 10 franchises drafting 25-man rosters, plus 5-man protected lists for future years to emphasize the dynasty element.

Those draft strategies are going to be fascinating — as will the creativity of franchises branding as unique countries with flags and uniforms — for the Ultimate Fantasy World Juniors. The Inaugural Draft is slated for Dec. 19, following selection camps and as the WJC countries are finalizing their rosters through pre-tournament exhibitions, but it is never too early to start mocking the potential results.

Since this is new and innovative, it’s tough to predict how UFWJ franchises will approach the draft. Some will be looking to win now by selecting the best players available — with gold, silver and bronze medals up for grabs, along with player awards — while others will have an eye for the future by prioritizing their protected list and targeting prospects that can return for multiple tournaments. For the protected list, franchises can go as young as 2024 eligibles, which is the current UFFS scouting cutoff — always three years out from the NHL draft. That class is born in 2006, while the WJC is primarily a 19-year-old tournament, thus starring 2002-born prospects that were drafted last year. So that offers a five-year range of eligibility for UFWJ franchises and they can select their protected list players in any of the 30 rounds, adding further intrigue in terms of draft strategies.

With this initial mock draft, UFFS director of hockey scouting Larry Fisher went 11 rounds deep to showcase the talent available for top-six forwards, top-four defenders and starting goaltenders. The first six rounds were focused on starting lineups — three forwards, two defenders and one goaltender — but UFWJ franchises won’t have to follow that script for the Inaugural Draft in selecting a total of 14 forwards, 8 defenders and 3 goaltenders for this year’s tournament, plus 5 prospects of any position for their protected list. Those are the necessary totals but franchises can fill out their rosters in any fashion — they could take all their forwards before taking any defenders, if they so desired. And their protected list could be comprised strictly of forwards without any defenders or goaltenders.

Regardless of roster construction, the later rounds will make a world of difference — drafting the right depth players, including the revelations and breakout sensations, will determine the medal contenders. Every franchise will feature a quality core — as evidenced by this mock — but those hidden gems and unsung heroes could put a franchise over the top and onto the podium. This league ensures every player competing in the WJC will have value, so if a fourth-liner from Austria happens to score or Switzerland’s third-string goalie somehow posts a shutout, one of the UFWJ franchises will be celebrating!

Now that the picture has been painted, let’s proceed with the fun of a fresh canvas for every franchise in this 11-round UFWJ Mock Draft — selecting 110 of the 300 players that will be picked in the Inaugural Draft before recapping the results for the UFWJ franchises as well as the WJC countries.











 

Franchise Results By Draft Order

Franchise 1

Matvei Michkov – F, Russia

Owen Power – D, Canada

Kent Johnson – F, Canada

Kaiden Guhle – D, Canada

Juraj Slafkovsky – F, Slovakia

Leevi Merilainen – G, Finland

Martin Chromiak – F, Slovakia

Jan Mysak – F, Czech Republic

Adam Fantilli – F, Canada

Eemil Viro – D, Finland

Wyatt Kaiser – D, USA

Franchise 2

Shane Wright – F, Canada

Connor Bedard – F, Canada

Mason McTavish – F, Canada

Shakir Mukhamadullin – D, Russia

Daniil Chayka – D, Russia

Nick Malik – G, Czech Republic

Lukas Reichel – F, Germany

Stanislav Svozil – D, Czech Republic

Nikita Chibrikov – F, Russia

Pavel Novak – F, Czech Republic

Vladimir Grudinin – D, Russia

Franchise 3

Sebastian Cossa – G, Canada

Dylan Guenther – F, Canada

Jake Neighbours – F, Canada

Topi Niemela – D, Finland

Jacob Perreault – F, Canada

Ryan O’Rourke – D, Canada

Zayde Wisdom – F, Canada

Ridly Greig – F, Canada

Ozzy Wiesblatt – F, Canada

Joni Jurmo – D, Finland

Daemon Hunt – D, Canada

Franchise 4

Yaroslav Askarov – G, Russia

Simon Edvinsson – D, Sweden

Marat Khusnutdinov – F, Russia

Alexander Pashin – F, Russia

Isak Rosen – F, Sweden

Kirill Kirsanov – D, Russia

Oskar Olausson – F, Sweden

Daniil Gushchin – F, Russia

Daniel Ljungman – F, Sweden

Ruben Rafkin – D, Finland

Elias Salomonsson – D, Sweden

Franchise 5

Cole Perfetti – F, Canada

Hendrix Lapierre – F, Canada

Drew Commesso – G, USA

Matt Coronato – F, USA

Lukas Cormier – D, Canada

Yan Kuznetsov – D, Russia

Samu Tuomaala – F, Finland

Logan Cooley – F, USA

Kasper Simontaival – F, Finland

Olen Zellweger – D, Canada

Seamus Casey – D, USA

Franchise 6

Alexander Holtz – F, Sweden

Quinton Byfield – F, Canada

Brandt Clarke – D, Canada

Helge Grans – D, Sweden

Sasha Pastujov – F, USA

Jan Bednar – G, Czech Republic

William Wallinder – D, Sweden

Matthew Knies – F, USA

Sean Behrens – D, USA

Theodor Niederbach – F, Sweden

Daniel Torgersson – F, Sweden

Franchise 7

William Eklund – F, Sweden

Seth Jarvis – F, Canada

Simon Nemec – D, Slovakia

Simon Latkoczy – G, Slovakia

Joakim Kemell – F, Finland

David Jiricek – D, Czech Republic

Jonathan Lekkerimaki – F, Sweden

Fabian Lysell – F, Sweden

Dalibor Dvorsky – F, Slovakia

Michael Krutil – D, Czech Republic

Dmitri Kostenko – D, Russia

Franchise 8

Jake Sanderson – D, USA

Joel Blomqvist – G, Finland

Ivan Miroshnichenko – F, Russia

Tyson Foerster – F, Canada

Brad Lambert – F, Finland

Samuel Knazko – D, Slovakia

Matthew Savoie – F, Canada

Carter Savoie – F, Canada

Carson Lambos – D, Canada

Michael Benning – D, Canada

Filip Mesar – F, Slovakia

Franchise 9

Jesper Wallstedt – G, Sweden

Aatu Raty – F, Finland

Roni Hirvonen – F, Finland

Aron Kiviharju – D, Finland

Roby Jarventie – F, Finland

Emil Andrae – D, Sweden

Artyom Grushnikov – D, Russia

Fyodor Svechkov – F, Russia

Vasily Ponomarev – F, Russia

Kasper Puutio – D, Finland

Samu Salminen – F, Finland

Franchise 10

Matty Beniers – F, USA

Luke Hughes – D, USA

Thomas Bordeleau – F, USA

Brock Faber – D, USA

J.J. Peterka – F, Germany

Calle Clang – G, Sweden

Chaz Lucius – F, USA

Florian Elias – F, Germany

Mackie Samoskevich – F, USA

Luca Munzenberger – D, Germany

Scott Morrow – D, USA

 

Franchise Rosters By Position

Franchise 1

Matvei Michkov – F, Russia

Kent Johnson – F, Canada

Juraj Slafkovsky – F, Slovakia

Martin Chromiak – F, Slovakia

Jan Mysak – F, Czech Republic

Adam Fantilli – F, Canada

Owen Power – D, Canada

Kaiden Guhle – D, Canada

Eemil Viro – D, Finland

Wyatt Kaiser – D, USA

Leevi Merilainen – G, Finland

Franchise 2

Shane Wright – F, Canada

Connor Bedard – F, Canada

Mason McTavish – F, Canada

Lukas Reichel – F, Germany

Nikita Chibrikov – F, Russia

Pavel Novak – F, Czech Republic

Shakir Mukhamadullin – D, Russia

Daniil Chayka – D, Russia

Stanislav Svozil – D, Czech Republic

Vladimir Grudinin – D, Russia

Nick Malik – G, Czech Republic

Franchise 3

Dylan Guenther – F, Canada

Jake Neighbours – F, Canada

Jacob Perreault – F, Canada

Zayde Wisdom – F, Canada

Ridly Greig – F, Canada

Ozzy Wiesblatt – F, Canada

Topi Niemela – D, Finland

Ryan O’Rourke – D, Canada

Joni Jurmo – D, Finland

Daemon Hunt – D, Canada

Sebastian Cossa – G, Canada

Franchise 4

Marat Khusnutdinov – F, Russia

Alexander Pashin – F, Russia

Isak Rosen – F, Sweden

Oskar Olausson – F, Sweden

Daniil Gushchin – F, Russia

Daniel Ljungman – F, Sweden

Simon Edvinsson – D, Sweden

Kirill Kirsanov – D, Russia

Ruben Rafkin – D, Finland

Elias Salomonsson – D, Sweden

Yaroslav Askarov – G, Russia

Franchise 5

Cole Perfetti – F, Canada

Hendrix Lapierre – F, Canada

Matt Coronato – F, USA

Samu Tuomaala – F, Finland

Logan Cooley – F, USA

Kasper Simontaival – F, Finland

Lukas Cormier – D, Canada

Yan Kuznetsov – D, Russia

Olen Zellweger – D, Canada

Seamus Casey – D, USA

Drew Commesso – G, USA

Franchise 6

Alexander Holtz – F, Sweden

Quinton Byfield – F, Canada

Sasha Pastujov – F, USA

Matthew Knies – F, USA

Theodor Niederbach – F, Sweden

Daniel Torgersson – F, Sweden

Brandt Clarke – D, Canada

Helge Grans – D, Sweden

William Wallinder – D, Sweden

Sean Behrens – D, USA

Jan Bednar – G, Czech Republic

Franchise 7

William Eklund – F, Sweden

Seth Jarvis – F, Canada

Joakim Kemell – F, Finland

Jonathan Lekkerimaki – F, Sweden

Fabian Lysell – F, Sweden

Dalibor Dvorsky – F, Slovakia

Simon Nemec – D, Slovakia

David Jiricek – D, Czech Republic

Michael Krutil – D, Czech Republic

Dmitri Kostenko – D, Russia

Simon Latkoczy – G, Slovakia

Franchise 8

Ivan Miroshnichenko – F, Russia

Tyson Foerster – F, Canada

Brad Lambert – F, Finland

Matthew Savoie – F, Canada

Carter Savoie – F, Canada

Filip Mesar – F, Slovakia

Jake Sanderson – D, USA

Samuel Knazko – D, Slovakia

Carson Lambos – D, Canada

Michael Benning – D, Canada

Joel Blomqvist – G, Finland

Franchise 9

Aatu Raty – F, Finland

Roni Hirvonen – F, Finland

Roby Jarventie – F, Finland

Fyodor Svechkov – F, Russia

Vasily Ponomarev – F, Russia

Samu Salminen – F, Finland

Aron Kiviharju – D, Finland

Emil Andrae – D, Sweden

Artyom Grushnikov – D, Russia

Kasper Puutio – D, Finland

Jesper Wallstedt – G, Sweden

Franchise 10

Matty Beniers – F, USA

Thomas Bordeleau – F, USA

J.J. Peterka – F, Germany

Chaz Lucius – F, USA

Florian Elias – F, Germany

Mackie Samoskevich – F, USA

Luke Hughes – D, USA

Brock Faber – D, USA

Luca Munzenberger – D, Germany

Scott Morrow – D, USA

Calle Clang – G, Sweden

 

Franchise Depth Charts

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